Radamel Falcao admits discussing draw with Peru players

Lionel Messi

Lionel Messi

Both teams faced an emotional game, and while Colombia played its heart-out until the final minutes, in Quito, Argentina's Lionel Messi scored three goals against Ecuador, securing the Albiceleste's place in Russian Federation 2018.

Both sides were heavily reliant on already-qualified Brazil beating Chile in their final group game - and they delivered with a resounding 3-0 win.

Falcao admitted after the game that such conversations had gone on on the field.

The clashes in November will be the second time that Peru competes in a World Cup Play-Off, previously missing out on attending Mexico '86.

All Whites boss Anthony Hudson has pulled no punches on his side's intercontinental 2018 World Cup play-off opponent, saying Peru was his preferred adversary for a ticket to Russian Federation next June. "We've got a great team".

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With results elsewhere going their way, players knew a 1-1 draw would see both teams progress - Colombia directly and Peru to a play-off.

"We knew what was happening in the other matches, we were playing with the other results and in that moment [I tried] to transmit that [to Peru]", said Falcao after the game.

"Obviously in the end, we knew what the other results were and you tell yourself, 'calm down a bit, we mustn't take any risks". "We know that it is hard but we know that it is up to us".

After the match, Falcao revealed to reporters that he did in fact make the Chile result known to Peru players, but remained adamant that both sides fought for the win over 90 minutes. One thing that won't be argued is that the 1-1 draw was enough to send Colombia through, and to send Peru to the inter-continental playoff against New Zealand.

"Whoever we get it's a tough game, very tough, but out of all the teams we were looking at, certainly from my point of view, Peru was a team we would have liked to have played", said Hudson. I believe we can deliver that.

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